Technique: PlayStation 2 Optical Disc Drive Lens Cleaning

Clean the optical disc drive lens.

The "Disc Read Error" is one of the most common, and possibly the most frustrating error you might encounter.

The problem occurs because dust or debris has accumulated on the lens. Luckily, it is easy to fix and takes a few short and simple steps!

1 Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pry the eight flat screw covers out.

1 Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 over so it lays with the bottom of the device facing upwards.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pry the eight flat screw covers out.

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the top cover to the bottom case:

    • Four 55.4 mm Philips screws

    • Four 18.0 mm Phillips screws

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The 10 screw model has 6 screws in the bottom-most portion and 4 in the upper tray.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Some models have a different number of screws and feet. Remove all the feet and screws in the bottom of the case.

  • The 10 screw model has 6 screws in the bottom-most portion and 4 in the upper tray.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat it carefully to remove and replace it clean

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Peel the warranty sticker (located next to the main power switch) straight away from the case.

  • To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat it carefully to remove and replace it clean

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the top cover off the bottom case.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 back to its original upside position.

  • Lift the top cover off the bottom case.

  • To facilitate the removal, it is recommended to pry open the half closer to the power switch first while rocking the top cover towards the front of the bottom case.

  • Carefully remove the power cord that attaches the top and bottom halves by disconnecting the power cord assembly from the bottom case.

Edit Step 5 PlayStation 2 Optical Disc Drive Lens Cleaning  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift and remove the lid from the optical disc drive.

Edit Step 5 PlayStation 2 Optical Disc Drive Lens Cleaning  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 6.4 mm Phillips screws securing the top lid of the optical disc drive.

  • Lift and remove the lid from the optical disc drive.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Do not over-dampen the Q-Tip with rubbing alcohol.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Carefully wipe the lens in a circular motion with a rubbing alcohol damped Q-Tip.

  • Do not over-dampen the Q-Tip with rubbing alcohol.

  • Allow a few minutes for the rubbing alcohol to evaporate.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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5 Comments

I've tried the steps mentioned above to no avail. The problem persist. Anything else i can do besides purchasing another console? Sentimental value.Thank you.

Albie - Reply

What I'm gonna try and do is take a laser from a PC DVD burner tray and see if I reads things. It's a long shot but you can't break what's already broken ehh. I'll let you know what happens. And if it works I will write the proper tutorial for it:)

Yuri weinberg -

HOw to use a lens cleaner dvd in Ps2

sajidsahito110 - Reply

please answer my problem

sajidsahito110 - Reply

Before proceeding to step 2, Take a look at your PS2, some PS2's have 10 screws (and screw covers) instead of 8 (i found them underneath the optical drive), these instructions have mislead me and i ended up breaking my top cover for my PS2.

Tristan - Reply